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Tom Cochrane

Interesting Helen. The aesthetics of character matters to us when we make friends, so it's probably also relevant in hiring decisions. But effortless mastery is not a quality I'd intuitively associate with job candidates! I'd also be wary when writing a reference not to create expectations of quick-wittedness or brilliance that might not come across under pressure.

I like the comparison to music competitions. It reminds me that probably the best job talk I ever gave was on a subject I'd mastered years before so only had to brush up a bit.

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